Academics v. Wisdom v. Action: Lessons Never Learned by Barack Obama

geekDon’t be fooled by our schoolboy society and media. They put primary emphasis on education and academically related activities as the secret of success in all ventures.

Of course, there is a certain amount of truth in their perspective – but nothing replaces appropriate action in the achievement of personal and business success. Successful people do the things that unsuccessful people don’t like to do.

Do it now. Do it smart.

Use the what, when, where, who, how, and why formula all day long and you will be a super performer in any enterprise. Better yet, use the “what-why, when-why, where-why, who-why, and how-why” process to govern all of your activities. It will enhance your thinking and eliminate unnecessary and wasteful effort.

Learn as you go – by asking performers their secrets of success. Emulate the best. Everyone knows something that you don’t know – that would be useful to know.

Take Barack Obama as an example of one who doesn’t seem to be following this approach: Is he staffing his administration with America’s finest talent?

About the author: William Pauwels

William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.

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